California is moving to implement complex database technologies to track education data, a tactic to improve the state's qualifications for federal Race to the Top education money. CalPADS, a database tracking student performance, was implemented last month. CalTIDES, a database to compile teacher and administrator information, is expected in 2011. A 2006 state law preventing the use of such systems to connect student performance with teacher evaluations was nullified by lawmakers last week.

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